Mia Lorenz

Research Academy Limited



The Research Academy provides MRS-accredited training courses to people who wish to complete the MRS Advanced Certificate in Market & Social Research and/or MRS Diploma┬áin Market & Social Research. We’ve been doing this since 2003. Our MD Mia Lorenz has also been involved in the development of a framework for a potential qualification for qualitative researchers, which is still under development by the Qualitative Professionalisation Steering Group, the MRS and Unilever.

We also provide full-service research agency services, primarily to clients in the international education and UK higher education sectors, but also to clients in the broader public sector.


The Research Academy specialises in two main areas. The first of these is training in market and social research methods, on an ad hoc and a more structured basis. Our particular speciality here is the provision of training that combines online resources with live tutorials and personal support. This is particularly useful to clients who have offices in several locations.

Our other areas of specialism are sampling and statistics, as well as online research of all kinds from digital ethnography to online questionnaires.


The Research Academy was founded in 2013 by Mia Lorenz and Sia Shahrizad to act as a dual purpose training provider and research agency. We felt – and still do – that it’s important for those who provide training to the next generation of researchers to be active as researchers themselves. This is why we act both as an agency and as an education institution.

We work with a network of associates, some of whom are also ICG members. They help us to provide training and research agency expertise, and to ensure that our students and clients benefit from a wide range of experience.


  • Business to business
  • Charities & Not-for-profit
  • Government, social research, education
  • IT (inc Ecommerce)

Skills & Services

  • Data Processing & Reporting
  • Ethnography
  • International
  • Online/Mobile
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Recruitment and Fieldwork
  • Secondary Research (data mining, desk research, web analysis)
  • Specialist techniques
  • Workshop facilitation